Play These 10 Open-World Games Like GTA while you wait for GTA 6

Tired of GTA 6 leaks? Well, have you tried playing one of these open-world games like GTA 6?

Let’s be honest; we are all desperate for GTA 6 to come out and get our hands on the game. However, it’s been years since we’ve been doing nothing but wait for the next installment of Grand Theft Auto.

Well, like me, if you’re also tired of waiting for GTA 6 and looking for some GTA alternatives, then you’re at the right place. In this list, I’ve included all the open-world games that’ll make you forget GTA 6, at least for a while.

These games might not replace your passion for Grand Theft Auto 6 or the Grand Theft Auto series. But these open-world games offer a breath of fresh air that’ll make you appreciate the diversity of games out there.

Here's the list of games for quick reference.

Open World Games Like GTA

1. Red Dead Redemption 2

At number 1, we have the Red Dead Redemption series. If you’re a Rockstar fan looking for one of the best open-world games like GTA, then I can recommend this series enough. The Red Dead Redemption 2 is another enormous title by Rockstar games that could leave you in awe.

The world of Red Dead Redemption 2 is gigantic, there are a lot of side quests you can do besides following the story mode. The detailing, along with impressive graphics, makes this game a tool of meditation for gamers.

You get lost for hours while exploring the world of Red Dead Redemption 2 set during the early 20th century United States. You can also play the Red Dead Redemption 1 if you have an Xbox One or older consoles like PS3 or Xbox 360.

2. Saints Row 4

The fourth title in the Saints Row series is an action-adventure game developed by Volition. This game has to be in the second position in our open-world games list, for a couple of reasons. If you’re looking for a serious tone like GTA 5, then Saints Row 4 isn’t the game for you.

The brainchild of Volition is everything that GTA 5 isn’t, excluding the open-world aspect, of course. The fighting style along with the story is entertaining and what’s the word I am looking for, oh yes, silly.

The plot of the game goes like this, there’s a gang that needs to fight off an alien invasion after receiving superpowers. In addition to that, there’s a constant struggle to become the president of the United States of America.

Yeah! I know things in this game are crazier than your wildest dreams; however, that also makes this game worth trying while you wait for GTA 6.

3. Watch Dogs 2

Now, let’s be honest. Watch Dogs 1 didn’t land in the right place among gamers. However, Ubisoft took in all the feedback from the first game and improved a whole lot in Watch Dogs 2.

If you love open-world games or have a love for computer hacking, then Watch Dogs 2 is the game for you. It is a typical Open-world game like GTA with a slight bit of activities, side-missions, and main objectives, which is a great thing.

You can get the feel of the Hitman, a hacking game and GTA in a single game as you do missions either by stealth, or you can go gun blazing. You get to hack open doors, someone’s smartphone or even the traffic lights.

Also, you can walk around the city and listen to someone’s conversation and see their criminal history. That way, you can scavenge side missions to take a short break from the main story.

4. Sleeping Dogs

If Assassin’s Creed and GTA had a love child, they’d be Sleeping Dogs. The game mixes the modern-day open-world of GTA with Assassin’s Creed like combat and parkour. Sleeping Dogs is developed by United Front Games and is published by Square Enix.

The story of the game takes place in Hong Kong, a beloved city in China, with a lot of underground criminal activities. You could walk around the city, coming across something interesting at every step.

Moreover, if you want to beat up a random gang, then you don’t need a weapon, because your fists are more lethal than any firearm.

5. Just Cause 4

Do you want a GTA game with more guns, explosions and even wackier physics? If yes, then you’d be delighted to know that Just Cause 4 delivers you precisely that.

You could use a parachute, hook yourself to a place or fly along on the back of a cow as you leap across thousands of feet onto a plan and highjack it. The craziness in this game is totally dependent on your imagination.

The game came out in 2018 and is another open-world game on our list by Avalanche Studios. Crazy action, a decent storyline, and a whole lot of rushing are enough for some up Just Cause 4.

6. L.A. Noire

An open-world game that focuses more on investigations and fighting crime rather than killing innocent people on the streets just because it’s fun. Well, that’s L.A. Noire for you. L.A. Noire was developed by Team Bondi and published under the umbrella of our very own Rockstar Games.

So, it’s no surprise that this game falls under our list of games like GTA. During the game, you freely roam the city of Los Angeles during the 1940s.

You can follow the main story by completing linear cases, or you can take side missions to make the city safer. The game makes you think and use your brain to find out the shreds of evidence and catch the culprit.

However, that doesn’t mean the game won’t let you fight. You can very well take up firearms during firefights, but you certainly can’t kill people on the streets as you do in all GTA games.

7. Far Cry 5

Ubisoft’s Far Cry 5 is not much different from the revolutionary Far Cry 3. The game gives you a dark story with unique game mechanics. As usual, you can follow the main story, or you can do side quests.

Side quests in Far Cry 5 can be unlocked by talking to different people in the game, which is an incredible way to do it. Just like in Watch Dogs 2, you can go gun blazing or you can follow stealth.

There are more than enough combat choices and lethal weapons. So, the gameplay will be action-packed where you’ll be killing a lot of cult members with creepy faces.

8. Yakuza 0

Yakuza Zero is the sixth entry in the well-received Yakuza franchise. When compared to games like GTA, Yakuza 0 doesn’t give you that much freedom. You can’t interact and beat up the pedestrians on the street like in GTA.

But other than that, it’s almost like GTA where you can do a lot of other activities besides following the main storyline. To have fun, you can do karaoke, pool, gambling, and witness some vulgarity.

So, there’s a lot you can do in Yakuza 0. As for combat, well, you can fight with style, and you can fight with rage by performing some exciting moves. In short, you’ll feel like you’re playing Mortal Combat when you start fighting some thugs on the streets.

9. Mafia 3

The documentary-style storytelling of Mafia 3 can grab you by hooks, and you’ll end up spending hours playing this game. Hangar 13’s Mafia 3 takes you back to the late 60s.

The Godfather-like story of the game with some of the most amazing cutscenes in gaming history will make you wonder why you haven’t tried this game until now.

Mafia 2 is considered among the best open-world games, and the third open-world edition is definitely a great addition to the series.

Every aspect of Mafia 3 is dark and beautiful. Sometimes while playing the game, it’d make you wonder, why isn’t Mafia 3 a movie yet?

10. Payday 2

Who would have thought that there is an open-world game like GTA that focuses only on heists and robberies? Well, almost everyone, that’s why we have Payday 2.

Payday 2 gives you full control over the robberies, as you strategize every step of the heist. You have to scan the place you want to rob before going in and plan accordingly for a successful heist.

The game is a perfect tool to get some idea of how heists take place in the real world. Of course, I would recommend not to use that knowledge to do something illegal.

Just kidding, I know you wouldn’t; gamers only do evil acts in the game. These were all incredible GTA like Open world games. You can try one or maybe all of them before you can get your hands on GTA.

Shivam Gulati
Shivam is a blogger who is always fascinated with technology and the amount of knowledge he can gather from the internet. He is trying to nerdify everyone around him with that same knowledge, through his writings. He enjoys gaming in particular, so he tries to keep track of what’s new in the gaming community and write about it. Visit his Gaming Channel IntroGamers on YouTube.